Aida Santos

Biography of Aida Santos

Aida F. Santos (a.k.a. Aida Santos-Maranan) – human rights advocate, writer, researcher, educator, trainer, feminist. Aida has been a grantee of literary awards in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Gawad Gantimpala and The Free Press literary contest. She was a writing Fellow for the UP Creative Writing Center.

In September 2005, Aida launched her first cd book entitled 'Pana-panahon: Isang Tanong, isang sagot at iba pang tula', which is part of a cd book series organized by Akdang_Bayan. The 26-poem collection was co-produced with Gray Matter Multi Media, Inc. and marks another milestone in her literary career. She has earlier published three anthologies of award-winning poems.

The Aida F. Santos Writing Workshop, launched in October 2005 is another pioneering endeavor at mentoring women in writing. The writing workshop has spun off a group of women writers called Women in Bliss Writers Circle.

Aida has published more than 100 articles, poems, books, monographs and opinion columns. She has also been involved in two video production, one produced by BBC with Mowelfund called “Women of the Bases – Continuing Lives” as scriptwriter and member of the Philippine Women’s Video Collective.

Aida taught women’s studies at the masteral program at St. Scholastica’s College (SSC) and served as coordinator of its precursor women’s studies non-degree program.

As a pioneer in the women’s liberation movement, she co-founded several groups. She is a founding member of the Gender Resource Network (GRN) , a professional association of gender and development specialists technical assistance providers. She is an independent consultant to various local and international organizations.

Aida Santos's Works:


1. Invisible Realities, Forgotten Voices (as Research Coordinator/Writer) , published by Philippine Human Rights Information Center and WEDPRO, Quezon City,2006.
2. Unveiling Pieces from Bliss (editor) , co-published Women in Bliss Writers Circle with WEDPRO. Quezon City,2006
3. Women in the International Migration Process: Patterns, Profiles and Health Consequences of Sexual Exploitation - The Philippine Report (Revised and updated) , published by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific, Quezon City,2002.97pp.
4. Violence against Women in Times of War and Peace, published by the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies, Gender, Reproductive Health, and Development Monograph Series 2002.57pp.
5. Spaces: Earthbound, Skybound (poetry anthology) , published by the Institute of Women’s Studies, Manila, April 2000.
6. Toward a Gender-Responsive Legislation (volumes 1 and 2) , with Eleanor C. Conda and Maria Dulce F. Natividad, developed for the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) , Manila, Philippines,1999.
7. Looking In – The SIBOL Framework Paper on Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights, Sexuality and Violence Against Women, by Aida F. Santos, Marilyn T. Erpelo, Josefa S. Francisco, Cecilia T. Hoffman, Andrea Luisa T. Anolin and Irene F. Daguno, published for SIBOL. Quezon City,1998
8. Woman-to-Woman, An Anthology of Poems and Essays, with Giney Villar, published by Pintados, Quezon City, Metro Manila,1994
9. Women Empowering Women (Proceedings of the Human Rights Conference on the Trafficking of Asian Women,2-4 April 2-4 1993) , co-editor, published by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) - Asia, Quezon City, Philippines,1993.
10. Awake 2, Women Migration and Sex Tourism, with Lynn Lee, published by the Asia Partnership for Human Development (APHD) , Quezon City, 1992.
11. Dobol Helix, Selected Poems 1971-1991, published by the Katipunan ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KALAYAAN) , Quezon City, Metro Manila,1991.
12. Pangarap at Hinagpis ng Maralitang Kababaihan (Dreams and Woes of Poor Women) , an anthology of writings by women from the urban poor communities, editor, published by Gabriela National Women’s Coalition and the Institute of Women’s Studies (IWS) , Quezon City, Metro Manila,1991
13. Women’s Health: Facts and Figures – Information Kit on Women’s Health, with the Editorial Team, published by the Institute for Social Studies and Action (ISSA) , Quezon City, Metro Manila, 1991.
14. The Debt Crisis- A Treadmill of Poverty for Filipino Women, with Lynn Lee, published by KALAYAAN, Quezon City, Metro Manila,1990.
15. Towards a Feminist Consciousness in the Socio-Historical Analysis of Women and Work, Monograph Series No.1, published by the Women’s Resource and Research Center (WRRC) , Maryknoll College, Quezon City, Metro Manila, October 1987.


14. Prevention, victim support and rehabilitation: The Philippine experience of rescue operations and support, in People Trafficking, Human Security and Development, Development Bulletin, No.66 December 2004, published by the Development Studies Network, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT. Australia.
15. Contributor, Women in an Insecure World, A Handbook on Violence Against Women, Part IV, with Marlea P. Muñez (edited by Marie Vlachova and Lea Biason) . Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) , cd-rom version released Summer 2004.
16. Research on Vulnerable Groups: Women, paper presented to the Panel Presentation to the 3rd Intensive Training in Bioethics, UP-Fogarty Bioethics Project,2-6 April 2004, EDSA Shangrila Plaza, Mandaluyong City, Manila
17. Emergent Sexuality Issues Among Selected Populations of Filipino Migrants, with Marlea P. Munez, in Living on the Edges – Cross-Border Mobility and Sexual Exploitation in the Greater Southeast Asia Sub-Region, edited by Muhadjir Darwin, Anna Marie and Susi Eja Yuarsi, published by the Center for Population and Policy Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarata, Indonesia,2003., pp.285-320.
18. From the Shadows into the Light (introduction to the first edition) , in Halfway Through the Circle – The Lives of 8 Filipino Survivors of Prostitution & Sex Trafficking (2nd edition) , edited by Flor Caagusan, published by WEDPRO, Quezon City,2001
19. Globalization, Human Rights and Sexual Exploitation; Blazing Trails, Confronting Challenges: The Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls in the Philippines, in Making the Harm Visible Global Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls (Speaking Out and Providing Services) , edited by Donna M. Hughes and Claire Roche, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Kingston, Rhode Island,1999.
20. A Ripe Old Age, in Orbit, third quarter 1999/No.73 published by the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) , London, England.
21. In the Name of the Game, in Orbit, third quarter 1998, published by the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) , London, England.
22. Pagbubukas ng mga Bintanang Nakapinid, Paghahawan ng mga Landas: Karapatang Pangreproduktibo at Sekswalidad ng Kababaihan (Opening Closed Windows, Clearing New Pathways: Reproductive Rights and Women’s Sexuality, written as plenary address for the National Conference on Women’s Health II convened by WomanHealth-Philippines held at Bohol, Philippines) , in BAI, published by Katipunan ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KALAYAAN) , Inc., bolyum 4, numero 2, Quezon City, Disyembre 1994
23. “Gathering the Dust: The Bases Issue in the Philippines, ” in Let the Good Times Roll - Prostitution and the US Military in Asia, by Saundra Pollock Sturdevant and Brenda Stoltfuz, published by The New York Press, New York, U.S.A.,1992.
24. The Women Entertainers of Angeles and Olongapo- A Survey Report, with Dr. Virginia A. Miralao and Celia O. Carlos, published by WEDPRO and KALAYAAN, Quezon City, Metro Manila,1991.
25. “...And the Women Ask: Is there Life After the Bases? ”, in Issues and Letters, Vol.1, No.12, July 199? , published by the Philippine Center for Policy Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
26. An Alternative Way of Looking at Women and Migration: Why an NGO Perspective, in Trade in Domestic Helpers-Cause, Mechanism and Consequences - Selected Papers from the Planning Meeting on International Migration and Women, edited by Noeleen Heyzer, published by the Asia & Pacific Development Centre (APDC) , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,1989.
27. Women and Development: An Overview, in The Filipino Woman in Focus, a book of readings, edited by Amaryllis T. Torres et al., published by The UP Office of Research Coordination with The UP Press, Quezon City, Metro Manila,1988
28. Struggling to Break Free, in Solidaridad II, Vol.11, Nos.1-3, Jan-Sept.1987, published by the Resource Center for Philippine Concerns, Tokyo, Japan.
29. Do Women Hold Up Half the Sky? , originally published in GABRIELA Proceedings, First National Assembly, Manila, March 1984; also in The Diliman Review, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, August 1985; also in various local anthologies; reprinted in Socialist Affairs, no.4/84, London, U.K.
30. The Book Industry in Distress, in The Diliman Review, November-December 1984.
31. The Women’s Movement: A Culture of Revolt Comes Full Cycle, in Kalinangan, quarterly publication of the Institute of Religion and Culture, vol. IV, no.4, December 1984.
32. From A Feminist Perspective: Grappling with the Population Programme, in Balai, no.11,1983.
33. Lawa ng Buhay, Baklad ng Kamatayan (an adaptation-translation of Laguna Fishpens... A Dying People, in The Review, Makati, Metro Manila,1982; reprinted by Binhi Agricultural Resources Foundation, Manila; also translated into Cebuano, Mga Bungsod sa Lanaw sa Laguna, by Binhi Agricultural Resources Foundation,1982) ,1982.
34. Laguna Fishpens... A Dying People, in The Review, Makati, Metro Manila,1982; reprinted by Binhi Agricultural Resources Foundation, Manila; also translated into Cebuano, Mga Bungsod sa Lanaw sa Laguna, by Binhi Agricultural Resources Foundation,1982.
35. Mga Abuhing Gunita sa Ginintuang Paligid (Grey Memories at a Golden Landscape) , in The Diliman Review, Quezon City, January-February 1980; also in Komunikasyon at Lipunan (Communications and Society) , readings for college and university students, published by the department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City,1983
36. Credit Card: Ginhawa o Sakit ng Ulo? (Credit Cards: Boon or Bane) , in Sagisag, Quezon City,1979
37. Balik-Batik (Back to Batik) , in Sagisag, Quezon City,1979
38. Kung Sakaling Dumating si Santa Klaus - Kwentong Pamasko ng Limang Bata (If Santa Claus Should Come - Christmas Stories of Five Children) , in Sagisag, Quezon City,1979
39. The Prisoner as Promethean Poet, in The Diliman Review, Quezon City, October December 1978
40. Women in Love - Why the Romance Novel Sells in The Review, vol. one, number two, October 1977.


41. Women Writers on Feminism, Motherhood and Social Commitment, in The Diliman Review, Vol.35, Nos.5 & 6,1987
42. Interview with Sylvia Mayuga, in Celebrity, Manila,1983
43. Interview with Ana Fer, in Celebrity,1983
44. Interview with Arlene Babst, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1983
45. Q&A with Teodoro Agoncillo, Historian, in The Diliman Review, October-December 1978


46. Redefining security: the men in Washington (Part 1) , in The Journal,18 October 1998
47. AIDS and Sarah Jane (Part 1) , in The Journal,13 October 1998
48. AIDS and Women (Part 2) , in The Journal,5 October 1998
49. Yet another PAL `post-mortem’, in The Journal,8 October 1998
50. Semira’s Belgium, in The Journal,6 October 1998
51. `Proseso’, in The Journal,01 October 1998
52. Survivors, in The Journal,29 September 1998
53. Of Lies and Loves, in The Journal,22 September 1998
54. Smut, in The Journal,15 September 1998
55. For Sale, in The Journal,10 September 1998
56. Cyberspace, in The Journal,8 September 1998
57. Two Women and a Celebration, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1983
58. Breast or Bust, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1983
59. Save the Children, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1983
60. Maytime Memories, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1983
61. Motherhood, the Invention of Necessity, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1983
62. Where Have All Our Helpers Gone? Gone to Hong Kong Everyone, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1983
63. Tabloids, Fashion, and the General Malaise, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1983


64. Monstruo en Jefe de la Pagina Web, in Declaracion Universal de Derechos Humanos Texto y Comentarios, Alda Facio, editora. Published UNIFEM, Programa Mujer, Justicia y Genero and ILANUD., n.d. [2002? ], pp.93-94.
65. Corregidor Tales, in Making the Harm Visible Global Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls (Speaking Out and Providing Services) , edited by Donna M. Hughes and Claire Roche, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Kingston, Rhode Island,1999; also in in Mirror Weekly,01 June 1998
66. Memories, in Hughes and Claire Roche,1999.
67. We Were Once Lovers and Sisters, in Tibok Heartbeat of the Filipino Lesbian, published by Women’s Media Circle and Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila,1998
68. Notes on Pain, ibid.
69. Corregidor Tales, Mantakin Mo Naman, in The Philippine Free Press, date?
70. To the young women walking the path of feminism, in The Manila Chronicle (Lifestyle Section) ,24 March 1996
71. Pag-iisa, in Ang Silid na Mahiwaga Kalipunan ng Kuwento’t Tulad ng mga Babaeng Manunulat, edited by Soledad S. Reyes, published by Anvil Publishing Inc., Metro Manila,1994
72. Bagyo, ibid.
73. Awit ng Pag-ibig, ibid.
74. Pagtitipid, ibid.
75. Beyond the Bush, , in Women in Action,2-3/94, Isis International, Quezon City, Metro Manila,1994
76. VAW, ibid.
77. Bureau of Immigration, ibid.
78. notes on love, ibid.
79. Serenata ng Pangungulila, in Kung Ibig Mo, Love Poetry by Women, edited by Marjorie M. Evasco and Benilda S. Santos, published by Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila,1993
80. Reggae of our Night, ibid.
81. Serenata ng Pangungulila, in BAI, published by the Katipunan ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KALAYAAN) , Quezon City, Special Issue 1990
82. Bangungot ng Lunsod at Iba pang Tula, in Antolohiya ng mga Piling Nagwaging Akda Dekada 80, edited by Virgilio Almario et al., published by the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Manila,1990
83. Sto. Tomas, and, in Galian 8, edited by Jose Manuel Santiago et al., Galian sa Arte at Tula (GAT) , Manila,1990
84. Pag-alaala sa Franklin Baker Corporation: Syudad ng Iligan,1985, ibid.
85. Reggae ng Ating Gabi, ibid.
86. Letter to a Friend, in Sarilaya, Women in Arts and Media (Women’s Studies series 3) , edited by Sr. Mary John Mananzan et al., published by The Institute of Women’s Studies, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila,1989.
87. Isang Gabi, Erotika, ibid.
88. Elehiya Kay Remberto, in Kamao, Panitikan ng Protesta 1970-1986, edited by Reuel Molina Aguila et al., published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) , Manila,1987.
89. Do We Have the Chance to Choose, in Between Mountain and Sea - Women Around the World, edited by Valerie Staats, published by Iowa Women Endeavors, Iowa, U.S.A.,1986.
90. I Listen to Songs from Home, ibid.
91. Orkidyas and Boksingero, in Galian 6, Galian sa Arte at Tula, Quezon City,1985
92. Si Mang Mando, Magbubulok in The Diliman Review, Literary Issue 1984, Quezon City.
93. Bagyo, ibid.
94. Viviana Gallardo, Costa Ricana, in The Diliman Review, May-August 1984, Quezon City.
95. Pag-iisa, in Female Forum, Quezon City,1984
96. Sulat mula sa Switzerland, Pangalawang Sulat and Panindim, in Filipina 1, edited by Mila Astorga Garcia et al., published by Women Writers in Media Now (WOMEN) , Manila,1984
97. Elehiya kay Remberto (Elegy for Remberto) , in The Diliman Review; also in Commemorative Folio on Remberto de la Paz,1984
98. May Isang Dekada na ang Lahat ng Yaon, Awit ng Pag-ibig, Pagsakay sa Komyuter Treyn, in The Literary Apprentice, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City,1983


99. Scripwriter, Women and AIDS, a 30-minute documentary produced by
WomanHEALTH- Philippines and Reach-Out Foundation,1994
100. Scriptwriter, Continuing Lives: Women of the Bases, produced by the
Philippine Women’s Video Collective in cooperation with the Mowelfund
Institute, supported by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) ,1992.


101. “Patriarchy, Poverty, Prostitution and HIV/AIDS: The Philippine Experience” (Submitted to the 4th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific 25-29 October 1997 Manila, Philippines) ,1997.
102. “Should Writing Be Gendered? Gender and Politics in Literature” (a paper prepared for the Literary Week at the De La Salle University, Manila) ,1995
103. “Perspectives in Gender Issues in the Philippines - Seeing Women and Men in a Different Light: A Challenge and a Dream”,1994
104. “Women Workers in the Philippines: Their Struggles and Their Lives - An Assessment of Trade Unionism in the Philippines”,1992.
105. Ang Kasal (A Wedding, a short story) ,1990.
106. “Lores and Lives of Filipino Women: A Journey into the History of Women in the Philippines (Pre-Colonial Period to the 1950s) ”,1986.
107. Ma. Lorena Barros – Her Spirit Lives on,1986-87.
108. An Interview with Ka Ellen, an NPA Amazon,1986-1987?
109. The `Snap Elections’: Will It Finally Snap thr Patience of the Filipinos? ”,1986.
110. Lipunan, Peryodismo at Kababaihan: Isang Pag-aaral sa Apat na Peryodistang Babae – Babst, Olivares, de Jesus at Mayuga (Society, Journalism and Women: A Study of Four Women – Babst, Olivares, de Jesus and Mayuga) ,1986?
111. “Towards a Theory of Feminism: Preliminary Discussions on the Woman
Question in the Philippines, ” May 1985.
112. “The Hite Report: American Female Sexuality Comes to a New High, ” 1979.

(June 5,2006) Updates

Saying Farewell

if you could only touch
the warmth inside my body
you will burn
as i burn with the look
from your eyes

if you could only
kiss me long
long enough
to hold my breathe
to memorize your tongue

if you could only feel
the cold that goes
through my spine
you will freeze
as i shiver with unspoken grief